In May, my best friend and I went to Israel for ten days. One of our stops was Jerusalem, a beautiful city with so much to see! In this post, I want to let you know about my top five must sees and must dos to explore the city within a day or two. Have you ever been to Jerusalem and you have some tips to add? Let me know about it in the comments!
My top 5 must dos in Jerusalem
1. The Ramparts Walk
Perfect to start your tour through the city: the Ramparts Walk. For about 16 shekel per person, you can walk around the old city on the city wall. It offers beautiful views on both the old and the new part of Jerusalem, and gives you the opportunity to get a good overview pretty quickly. We started at the Jaffa Gate and just took our time to enjoy the views!
2. Explore the quarters of the old city
There is so much to explore in the old city of Jerusalem! We just got off the Ramparts Walk and started to walk through all those little streets, peeking into the small stores and just following all those people walking around here. By doing so, you get to the sights sooner or later automatically, but it is definitely a good idea to just take your time and get lost in the quarters of the old city.
3. Temple Mount & Western Wall
Probably two of the most famous places in Israel: the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Both religious, but both really impressing even if you are not religious yourself. It is important to know beforehand that the Temple Mount is not open to the public on Shabbat, but all other days. We came early in the morning and still had to wait quite some time in line to get inside. Another thing to know is that you need appropriate clothes: make sure to cover your knees and shoulders.
4. Downtown Jerusalem
Bars, Cafés…the old city of Jerusalem is not the only thing this town has to offer. I just really liked the atmosphere of the quarter around the old city, with all these little shops to spend hours in. Depending on what you are looking for there are so many tips that it is not possible to list them all here, but we started at the Mamilla Shopping Center and made our way from there to our Airbnb just wandering through the streets exploring.
5. Jerusalem Railway Station & Rehavia
As the old city of Jerusalem is super crowded most of the time, you sometimes just need some quietness to relax. We found that in the old Jerusalem Railway Station that has been transformed into a park with some little shops and cafés recently. On our way there from the old city, we walked through the quarter of Rehavia, with all the beautiful houses.
Have you ever been to Jerusalem and do you have any highlights to add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!